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ANNMH130
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3/23/14 5:01 P

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Mix with mayonaise or ranch dressing, add cut up fruit or chicken/fish.

Dolop onto nasoya wrap and bake for instant crunchy rolls.

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Never heard of this golden Italian dressing either; it that the brand of Italian dressing?

I still find the only way to get my veggies in is to use my soup. Yesterday I put cabbage, onions, carrots, celery and tomatoes together with cayenne pepper. Low fat and sodium for me and more in the freezer for next week.

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What is golden Italian Dressing - I know regular and zesty, but not golden.

Sounds good!

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I'm enjoying coming up with ways to use "Rainbow Slaw". I bought a bag of it and have added it to soup, cooked it as a vegetable, put it on a sandwich and of course had it as salad. And the bag's not empty yet!

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I had a boxed soup for lunch. It was supposed to be one of thoes healthy things.
Well I dont have to have it again. Was Potato, Spinach and Quinoa. Not the greatest.



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Talking of mushrooms have you tried 1/4 tsp. of golden Italian dressing added when you fry mushrooms intsead of frying in butter or oit. I learned that years ago and it makes my mushrooms taste so much better.

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I usually have to cook a different veggie for my hubby. He doesn't like many things in the veggie family but we share the same protein. Sometimes he may get a potato and I won't have one. I tell him there are always eggs, if he doesn't like what I'm cooking but it is rare that it is an issue. Thankfully there are no kids to work around.

Just cause my body is weird I know I don't get enough vitamins especially D, Calcium and mag. I take them in pill form to make sure and have blood work done about 3 times a year. Next time you have blood work have them check your D levels. You can absorb calcium without the D. I have also recently added a multi B's vitamin and it has helped with overall feeling better, more so than just a generic all-purpose vitamin pill. I know myself well enough that I know I will never get what I need through a varied diet.

I think mushrooms are a good source of all kinds of minerals check out mushroom recipes if you think about it. Seems like I read that a while back.

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Every time I make a meal I end up freezing most of it because I don't want to eat the same food four days in a row. It's so much simpler just to cook up one egg or make a sandwich but when I do that I don't meet my daily nutritional recommendations. When I started tracking my food I noticed the first week that I was not even getting half of the recommended magnesium, potassium and calcium. I've really had to search for recipes that aren't too large that are packed with nutrition. Not always easy when husband doesn't like beans, lentils or whole wheat. I sometimes make separate meals for us just to satisfy our needs. He doesn't need to lose any weight and doesn't care about nutrients but I do and I'm the one doing the cooking so some meals he eats what I make or makes his own.

To me HEALTH means Energy. Stamina. Flexibilty. A relatively pain free body. Enjoying healthy food. You are your body, and your weight loss efforts will succeed exactly to the extent that you mange to do the work on behalf of your embodied self. You’ll do much better when you focus on making positive changes to improve your health and well-being, rather than on fighting your bad habits.


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I Just bought 1 of those (stonewave egg cooker) but haven't tried it yet

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My go-to is rotisserie chicken, I can get several meals from just 1 bird. Chicken salad, chicken fajitas, etc


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Bought Tilapia fillets yesterday. Made Fish Soup for lunch & dinner tonight!


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equal part salsa "juice" and chicken broth, water added later to taste as it was pretty spicy!
barley, rice, split peas, carrots, celery, tomatoes,

Almost anything can go into soup!


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I'm experimenting again, making a soup in the small CP. I will list ingredients later if it turns out well. This is a no-shop soup, just using stuff from the fridge and pantry.

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Combining work and meal preparation during snow season can be
challenging. My favorite is casseroles that last more than one day
with a chopped salad side.

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We rely on our meals to go further than just one meal. What's the point of cooking something if not to have leftovers to use for another meal or to make into something else. I love to make a huge pot of chili, minestrone, or chicken noodle soup and stash some in the freezer and/or enjoy for a couple more meals before it goes into the freezer. I'm making braised chicken quarters with winter vegetables tonight for dinner. It's in the oven right now and smells delish in the house right now. I know we'll have leftovers for one day on the weekend. I always plan our meals on weekends for the upcoming week.


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LOL And how does the dog feel about that?

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I must say ... hats off to you ladies that freeze portions to use at a later time ... I think we are getting old, neither of us like to cook from the freezer anymore .. just doesn't taste the same. When all the kids were home ... dinner almost always started from the freezer .. Currently we are working on not being sooooo wasteful ! We see it, want it, buy it, and usually can't eat all before it goes bad. We are getting better. Today though, I bought the very smallest chuck roast and we are having that for dinner and probably lunch or dinner tomorrow ... hopefully none will go to the dog :)



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Yum! You sure sound like you know your way around a kitchen.







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I make soup at least once a week, veggie or with fish ( cod is least expensive
in winter in NE). Last week at Whole Foods I found a small plastic container
with chopped celery, carrots & onions. separate portions, With this $2
container, I made two half gallons chicken vegetable soup.

I also sometimes use confetti chopped vegetables in broth, adding barley or
quinoa for thickening. This time I used a few broad egg noodles, spinach and
left over chicken breast pieces, flavoring with lemon juice, omega-3 fish oil,
garlic salt and pepper. After work some evenings soup is just enough for an
evening meal.

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Today I cooked up a very small roast beef in my slow cooker,my DH just finished eating the whole thing and said it was delicious all I added was a half cup of red wine and lots of garlic cooked it all day and then he ate the whole thing but it was very small just a couple of servings so I was glad he ate it.I went out to our local chinese restaurant for lunch and enjoyed it.Overate as usual but am still losing a little weight.I only eat out a couple or three times a month sooo.Haven't been shopping lately but will go to Wal Mart and resupply soon.



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I just read where you can put a paper towel in a brown paper bag, and your lettuce will keep longer. I was going to try this.

After I buy meat, I cook it all up, measure it, bag it in small ziplock bags for one meal. Then add them all to a large freezer bag. Then I only have to take out the food I want for the next day to thaw in the fridge, and warm it up in the toaster oven or microwave.

Saves time cooking a weeks worth at one time, instead of multiple same meals each day.

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I buy meats and cut them down to 2 portion sizes than freeze them in ziplock style bags. Frozen veggies such as peas and corn are broken down into 2 portion bags as well. M raw veggies I buy at the salad bar in the store. Since I have only two of us, that works out okay for the budget. My pantry I stock with sale items. Then when it's meal time, I can grab meat and whatever I'm cooking with it and I'm ready to go. For soups, stews, and things you can freeze well, I make a big batch in my slow cooker - cook once and eat 2 or 3 times.



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Well tonight I had a roast beef and AuJus sandwich(sort of a french dip).I decided earlier today NOT to have any dinner because I have been eating to much lately but alas didn't keep my promise to myself.DH didn't have any dinner.I am so proud of him because he is almost at his weight goal but I am not doing to good,at the moment but that will change.We took a long drive this afternoon and I went to our local Safeway store to buy the food for my dinner tonight late in the day is always a bad shopping time but we went anyway because we live close by and it was on our way home! I did my exercise this eve.as always so that helps a little.Maybe tomorrow I will fix some homemade soup with vege's that always fills me up and makes me happy. Well have a fun night ,CLinOregon emoticon



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CP soup with broth, peas, green beans, black beans. The only way I can use up a whole can of beans is to use them in soup as there is just too much to keep eating on its own

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I like leftovers, sometimes, some leftovers taste better the second time. emoticon

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We don't like left overs so I try to cook for the two of us daily but still have some left overs,freeze some of them and eat the rest.We love to eat and now living in the city we eat even more but he is still almost at his weight goal and I am still doing my daily exercises.Portion distortion it is a real problem.Tonight not sure what we will have for dinner.Tomorrow I will go grocery shopping at our local Wal Mart.I go early in the morning asitisn't near as busy as later in the day.I don't like crowds.



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I plan on making three or four different types of meals in a two week period (a covered dish can last at least 3 or 4 meals as can crock pot dish) Also plan on makings of salad for lunch. Oatmeal or grits is great for breakfast (with fruit mixed in of course) Plan ahead before you shop and MAKE A SHOPPING LIST AND STICK TO THE LIST


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for me. big batch cooking is to bake a pizza and then add dif vegetables each time I have a pce of the leftovers. A pizza can last me almost a week!


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I am using the Tupperware Micro-wave omelette cooker. No butter needed.
It is suggested to use two eggs but I only use 1 egg plus 1-2 chopped fresh mushrooms,1 tbsp. chopped bell pepper and minced chives and sprinkle .5 tbsp. shredded cheese on top.

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Still using my stonewave. My new favorite breakfast= slice of onion, mushroom, TBsp frozen spinach and egg. I put the veg's in first with butter for a couple minutes then add egg, cook for 30 seconds, rest & cook another 30 seconds - and rest till poached egg white cooked. a 3 veg, protein & fat complete meal. Great fast meal if you're on the 5-2 diet too.

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I am bad about sacrificial veggie. I have found the best way is to purchase only what I need for the next couple of days. I always have onions, pepper and garlic & carrots. They never go bad in my house. Fruits are the same way, too. I am lucky enough to be able to drop into a small local groc. store several times a week.

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I just got one of those stoneware microwave pots that are advertised everywhere. It's so small, it's like a toy. Excellent portion control for one! So far I've only tried poached eggs & baked onion. I'm now waiting for someone to produce a book of recipes for it.

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I had a fridge clean out this weekend too. But nothing edible was found. A few experiments grown fuzzy. I do need to cook from my pantry I have cans and boxes galore. How is it all this stacks up. Maybe I'll cook that frozen bag of stir-fried veggies to go with our pork chops tonight.

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pantry and freezer clean-out continues: banana smoothie with peanut butter last night

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I don't see them too often in the stores around here, and if I do there are expensive. Traverse City Michigan is the Cherry Capital, they have a Cherry Festival every summer in July. When I was a kid growing uo, we used to pick the cherries off from the trees, now they have machines, that shake them off. youtu.be/4i0P5wQJvlw this video shows the way it is done now. youtu.be/5fQFLMmgMiU And hand picking the way we did as kids, it was Fun, and that's how we used to make money. emoticon

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I too love dark large cherries.I worked one summer many years ago at a facility called "Cherry-Best" in Wenachee,Wash.and we would get the extra large restaurant cherries to process every morning and I would eat so many of the ripe ones.They were delicious but the grocery stores don't seem to carry the extra large cherries so alas I have to settle for the smaller ones but I don't eat cherries very often anymore.


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I love frozen dark sweet cherries--we used to get them from Schwanns but we can find them in the grocery stores now!!!

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I tried frozen cherries and a banana and it was delish

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Lynnette, emoticon IDEA On The Banana.

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I've been away so have just read thru the posts. I want to share one of my favorite tips.
Chop a banana and put it in the freezer for about an hour, then blend. I have a Bamix hand blender. You will have the nicest, creamiest banana "ice cream".
I also freeze bananas that are getting to the over-ripe stage and thaw for a few minutes, then blend. Peanut butter or other fruits can be added. You do not need sugar but adding honey or syrup makes a nice taste variation. This is my go-to healthy dessert or snack. It tastes so wonderful, much nicer than just chomping on a banana.

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Rosie that's a good idea. I frequently have leftovers so I use them for quick lunches throughout the week. My husband likes having a meal instead of sandwiches every day for lunch.

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ClayLady, maybe you could freeze some of your leftovers. Then use them at another meal during the week.?

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It is hard to grocery shop for two people as my DH doesn't eat many vege"s.He is a heavy meat eater but has slowed down considerably in the last few years as his COPD is chronic now and he has to eat a lot slower but he is almost at his weight goal and I still have a long ways to go but I exercise daily which he can't do so that helps me some although weigh in day on sunday mornings are not going well for me so I need to change up my exercises and eat less like my DH does.Grocery shopping is difficult because we wind up with so many left overs which I am not fond of.Oh well such is life and we are very blessed anyway.




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Thanks for the tip about the frozen bananas at Sams. I'll look for them the next time I'm there. I'm always looking for ways to get my husband to eat fruit and since bananas are one fruit he likes with the addition of the dark chocolate which he also likes will be a nice change from bananas with peanut butter.

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Walmart does have an aisle for stuff advertised on TV....I should look there, maybe....

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I came across the green bags in one of our stores, cannot remember if it was our food chain store or Dollar General, maybe eve Walmart. Back in Jan. of 2008, they were advertised on TV. my late hubby said order some, which I did, they seemed to work well, but I have not used them in a long time.

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Thank you, Ann, I DID know what they were, I just forgot!!! Thanks for telling me where I can get them! emoticon

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I think the main grocery store chains do not carry them as it discourages waste, thus their sales would drop.

Here is a link to Amazon whom carry the vegetable and fruit green bags.

www.amazon.com/Gaiam-Evert-Fresh-Bag-each-
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Hope this link helps you resolves you question.



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But what are green bags and where can I get them?

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i have green bags and that helps with some of my raw produce. i do struggle because i live with a picky person who is stressed from work and will do drive thru without a 2nd thought. at least he picks the 1 restaurante i mostly hate. to be honest, i am ok with culvers, but i never crave burger joints. they just are not enjoyable to me. i would rather make it myself, with lean real meat and whoe grain buns.


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I am not a banana person, but my mother is.

We have found (at Sams) frozen banana slices covered in dark chocolate (dark, not milk) by Dole. I have several family members who love these. They keep for quite awhile in the freezer. Each package within the box is 8 slices (one banana).

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I have a banana stand on my counter. They do age fast with in 3 days. Discard the darkened brown peels the place the banana in a zip-lock baggie - put in freezer ( use for banana desserts) thaw before using about 5 minutes.

Use within a month as the peeled banana will also darken in the freezer. Use thawed bananas for muffins, cakes ecerta or if you have a Yonanas machine, you can use the bananas for soft ice cream, just use semi frozen bananas in the Yonanas machine, add other semi frozen fruit for different flavours. Have ice-cream without the guilt!

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I've never stored bananas in the refrigerator, until I saw the green bags. Yes, the peels do turn black, and to me the banana has a distinct different taste, so I threw the bag away and went back to leaving them on the table. Besides, taking a bite of a COLD banana, it just didn't mix well with me.

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My sister insists that storing bananas in the refrigerator is a good thing. I haven't tried it yet, but she says the peels go black but the banana inside is perfectly good.
I've seen references to 'green bags' and was wondering where I could get them? Do they have 'green containers'? Sorry if this information is already here, I just can't read through the whole thread in one sitting! lol

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Bib Lettuce -
I have found kept in a Tupperware Lettuce Keeper with the spike, stays fresher longer, if you place a folded paper towel, under the lettuce spike.

Romaine Lettuce -
Keeps well wrapped in an old pillow case (cut the pillow case in half) or sew two cotton tea towels together, works too!

Keep Fresh Picked Loose Leaf Lettuces - Longer
www.ehow.com/how_8378576_keep-fresh-picked
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I buy the full head of romaine rather than the packages of pre-chopped lettuce. I found it stays fresh longer.

Another thing I have been reading about is growing romaine. You can easily grow romaine from just the romaine hearts. If the lettuce is growing and in water, it will be fresh whenever I pull off a leave. This would be really fresh lettuce every time. This is something that is supposed to be do-able even in an apartment. (Same with green onions, garlic, and a few others)

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the Tupperware or no-name version of lettuce keepers really work well. I've had mine for over 30 years.

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have the same problem with lettuces... I find storing in a moisture free container or the green produce bag at the store stays browing for at least a week. Ensure no moisture, sometimes
throwing in a dry cracker or some bulger wheat will absorb the browing moisture you can't see.

I have plastic salad keepers with a removable, ventilated bottom where moisture collects.
These work well!

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Just joined the team and read your thread. I will be looking into your suggestion for the blue apples because I'm tired of throwing away my wilted vegetables. Thank you for your foresight by creating this team and it's vision. emoticon

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Jinglebell5,

At Bed, Bath, and Beyond, they have a thing called the BluApple. It's a plastic blue apple, with whatever they put in the middle of it, and my veggies have stayed fresh for many days. In fact, I've had a red bell pepper in the veggie bin for about 2 weeks, and it's still fresh. I have an apple in my veggie and my fruit bin. It comes in a package with 2 apples in there for 9.99. The apple is good for 3 months, then you just buy a refill to put into the apple. The refills cost 9.99 for a year's worth. It's a great buy and IT REALLY WORKS!!! I hope this helps you.

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I agree that cooking for more than yourself inspires you to do a better job. I am helping my brother by "nursing" for him while he recuperates from surgery. So I've been shopping and cooking super healthy for him and I am losing weight. Bonus!

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Hi! It's Jinglebell5. Boy did you hit on a good topic. My big problem is flesh vegetables,and how to keep it from bad before you eat it. Some of the vegetables like carrot, bell pepper you can cut and freeze. But I have never head of freezing lettuce. Sometimes a head of lettuce will spoil before I can eat it. I have tried package salad but sometime, I don't eat it fast enough. Any suggestion?


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today was funny, becaue several people were discussing how it is easier to cook for a group then just 1 or 2. one of the guys even mentioed how he cooks for girlfriend and the 3 kids. but if it is just him or his saughter he will do easy mac.

i think that is just funny, but i do agree.


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My dh will grill sometimes in the summer. i have gotten to the point where i will cook only for myself some nights. i like to eat earlier where my hubby likes to nap when he gets home from work and sometimes he gets home late. so i buy a lot of small packages or i buy in bulk and use my foodsaver.

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Nor me either, hope by now, some how some way, you found what you needed for your camping expedition, Have lots of fun and be/stay safe...

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Sorry I can't help you either, as have not been camping for over 30 years.. Though maybe you could search Spark People Recipes or post your query there. I am sure they would have tons of camping recipes.

Just yesterday, got a Spark Recipe email featuring a "Cowboy Caviar" dish read like a yummy main or side dish for camping, that would make a great make ahead dish. Though the ingredients have nothing to do with Caviar.

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I'm sorry, I can't help you there. My parents did the camping when I was growing up and I hated it, so I never paid any attention to what we ate. Have a BLAST!!!

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Going camping this weekend-any good meal ideas? Thanks Mary emoticon

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Your idea for switching your main meal with something lighter, I agree with. I too have switched. Usually eat low calorie breakfast, then my noon meal is actual my evening meal and my evening meal is something I would have for lunch,


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That sounds yummy...I never remember to add carrots and peas to my rice!

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I had bought a bag of the fresh shredded carrots in the produce section. I had a recipe that called for 1 cup shredded carrot (won't share because I didn't like). Anyway I did not know what to make with extra carrots so I just put bag in freezer....no blanching, no tossing during freezing process, not even a good freezer bag. I bumped into them last night, while getting some peas for a simple rice pilaf. They broke apart easily and I threw them in with the peas and rice. They tasted just like fresh ones!. I will buy these again and keep them in freezer and not worry about them spoiling in the fridge.

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So sorry for the losses/damage, but I'm glad you are also able to see the good side....more deer, a fresh start on the food front, etc. On another positive note, if you want to sell your house this week, you can market it with water view! emoticon

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due to circumstances, my fridge will be a blank canvas as you will see if you read my blog. So, for financial and health reasons, I will be shopping very carefully.

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I am a fine one to talk, but the best thing we can do for ourselves is to eat properly to nourish this body and keep it healthy!

Winston Churchill commanded his troops to "SINK the Bismarck", and they did, so for Christmas we will sink the bismarck by not over-indulging. Yes I will indulge but with Gods help, "I WILL NOT OVER-INDULGE"! SETASIDE1@YAHOO.COM


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That's the way to do it Vipersweb...and your final bill is probably the same as someone who buys more stuff but ends up wasting food because it goes bad or is eaten when not necessary (Junk food)

I agree with food being something not worth compromising! It's the best thing we can do for ourselves!

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I pick my recipes ahead of time and then shop based on that. I rarely pick up anything not on the list, which is good. Still, because I'm trying to use fresh veggies, fruits in my dishes, my bill can get a bit expensive, which is unfortunate. On the other hand, I refuse to compromise on the types of meat I'm putting in our stomachs by buying what's available at my grocery store. My butcher has great meats at a reasonable price...


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I'm doing quite a bit of "breakfast at dinner time" when I want something quick and easy. An omelet or frittata, waffles, pancakes, crepes, etc. It's also a good way to use up tiny bits of vegetables, meat, or even fruit.

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Hello All,

I'm new to the team. Hubby and I are the only two left in the house now and we rarely eat the same foods, so basically, I cook for one. I am fortunate to have a freezer downstairs and I like to cook in bulk and freeze single servings for those times when I don't feel like cooking for when time is an issue.

I'm hoping to find some tips for single-meal cooking.

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I am a single person. I shop twice a week for fresh meat and produce. I find there is less waste, as over the years my appetite has shrunk. It also gives me a push out the door to add more walking to my routine, to get my groceries. Though I do live right in the city, the distant is not miles to walk to but every little bit of walking helps.

Once every 6 months I stock up on basics paper products & cleaning supplies at Costco. Cheapest place in my city to get that kind of stuff. I usually don't get any money rebate back each year as my spending doesn't earn enough rewards to get any money back and I really don't care

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went to the grocery store for a few fresh things: spent just over $2. Doing my income tax was a shock, seeing how little income I have, so I am very committed to spending carefully.

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Glad you are satisfied in your new abode. Change is good for all of us. Breaths new life into us!

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Hello All,well we finally moved into town after living out in the quiet country for almost eighteen years.So much stuff to get rid of and Hubby has sold some of it already. We have neighbors very close to us and the owners who own our place own the two little houses right next to us,so far we have been so busy moving in only had time to say Hello to the neighbors and we still have tons of stuff to move,luckily we have an oversized two-car garage that will hold most of it until we can sell some of it off.The new tenent/owner of our country property is quite cool and said not to worry about the excess he will deal with it when he buys the place,hopefully this Dec.
All of you out in Sparkland need to think twice before moving if it isn't mandatory.MOVING IS A COMPLETE BUMMER!!It is going to take us months to settle in and maybe sell off some of our excess.All in good time!!
I will go grocery shopping tonight as now we live in town I can shop for just a few items without feeling guilty!Don't need much and think sunday night might be a good time for shopping.Just found all my baking pans so will make something tomorrow.I may work on my elliptical machine tonight as I do need the exercise and the EL machine really helps my bad back.May join a gym also.We have one right around the corner from where we live and that would be very convenient.
We met our neighbors on one side of our house and really like them.I am an artist and am now using the third bedroom for my studio/crafts think it will be OK.Certainly isn't what I had before.Well I have gone "on" way to long so will say adios for now and check in next week,CLinOregon
















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FineWine you are right. It provides us with exercise that we usually don't count. It is also a great way to check on what you are buying and putting in your body, before they are in your cupboard.

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Hi, I agree with you I use a cart and walk each aisle for the exercise. Then when you add loading the groceries on the check-out counter and then unloading and putting the groceries away you have really worked out. This helps me a lot even if I am pooped when I get home.


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Bob does all the shopping. Needless to say, I have to eat healthy. I want to go to WalMart and see what is new on the shelves.

Depression is the impression left by fear. Be willing to fight the fear. Conquer it with love.

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Have been doing badly at sticking to a menu plan. i was home sick and was not intereste in cooking on tuesday. i did sleep a lot though.

the weather is improving so i am looking forward to being more energetic with the sunshine and cooking better meals.


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That is how I get more steps in by walking every aisle whether I need anything or not. Now before I grab for something on the shelf, I ask myself if I really need it. It has been working so far Bev in CA


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Now that we are getting some warmer weather I am going to buy less each trip and just make more frequent trips to the grocery store since I do live so close. Now that my back is feeling some better I walk up and down every aisle and get more steps in. More trips will just help with that.

Slow but will get there!


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I agree that buying in smaller portions tends to be more expensive. When I worked I used to cook my lunch meals for the week, but now that I am not working trying to cut down on the things I buy is the challenge. Being this is lent, I did buy some fish and that is they only thing that I bought, still eating out of my freezer. Bev


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If we find a sale on chicken breast or other meat we like, we buy it and then freeze in amounts that will make a meal for the two of us. I notice that a lot of the meats in smaller sizes have really high per pound prices and I hate being ripped off.

I'll buy a bag of apples and keep all but a few pieces refrigerated since they keep longer that way. We usually each take one with us to the office on workdays so they go pretty quickly.

Sometimes I buy with the intent of making a large quantity of a food (like soup or chili) that can be frozen in smaller portions (convenient for work nights).




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Still not buying any food except fresh veggies. I don't eat desserts so that is never a temptation, but I do tend to eat more food than I should. Just made a dozen chocolate muffins for my son with choc icing and was never tempted to eat any of them. But I did have 1 C broccoli, 1 C cauliflower, 1 C carrots (all steamed) with a small red potato and small salad. I did add 2 T Ranch Dressing and that was it for me. Was I full/satisfied no, but did I eat anymore no.


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First comment I saw was exactly why I don't buy as much food, esp. refrigerated, which I either eat up fast or it goes bad. Now when I make my list I ask myself "do I really need that? I do have scads of leftover lasagna and 4 oz. pieces of fish"

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this challenge has been good for me as well. I tend to buy way too much food and then feel obligated to eat it. If I go in and buy just what I need, like some fresh veggies and leave I feel like I have accomplished so much. Bev


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I have been refraining from buying food as I'm cooking up what I have. Setting up this challenge has really been good for me and I intend to carry on. I bought a few things last week: fresh spinach being the one thing that I wanted and needed. Honestly, I have almost everything here in the house. We had a massive dump of snow so I have not been tempted to go out but I have a meeting and a medical appt today so I will also go to the library and stop at the grocery store. I intend to limit myself to $10 tho.

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Still fighting the urge to go shopping for food, but I have lots of food here in the house and determined not to buy any more. Bev


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is fun

Winston Churchill commanded his troops to "SINK the Bismarck", and they did, so for Christmas we will sink the bismarck by not over-indulging. Yes I will indulge but with Gods help, "I WILL NOT OVER-INDULGE"! SETASIDE1@YAHOO.COM


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I wear my pedometer that I bought at WW. I had gone through so many pedometers, losing them. But the new WW pedometer clips onto your pants and also has a secondary clip so if your pedometer falls off, you will not lose it. Best one I have ever had. I looked into the body Media armband and at this time too expensive for me. Still haven't bought any food and living off the food in my refers.


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I was wearing my jenny craig pedometer last week and while I was feeding the animals, I guess, I lost it. So I went back to wearing my BodyMedia Armband. And it is way better than just a plain pedometer. Especially since it can be synced with Spark!

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